Organic India Moringa Powder, Teas, and Supplements

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I received Organic India™ products complimentary from Moms Meet for review, including Moringa Leaf Powder, supplements, and teas.

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Organic India seems like a responsible and ethical company focused on sustainability. Some more information about the company:

ORGANIC INDIA’s mission is to provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products. ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops. ORGANIC INDIA makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea, in over 20 delicious flavors and offers a variety of organically grown herbal supplements, including Moringa Leaf Powder and Capsules.

Moringa is considered to be a power food by many. Some information from the company:

  • Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.OrganicIndia-logo
  • Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
  • Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
  • This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
  • ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.
  • One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

The leaf powder is easy to use. The serving suggestion is a half teaspoon stirred into water, yogurt, or other food. The powder has a strong, herby smell. But, a half teaspoon of it mixes into a cup of yogurt or smoothie without impacting the taste too much.

I also made an easy face mask using the powder. I mixed equal parts Moringa Leaf Powder and water (1 tsp. of each), smoothed it on my face, and let it dry for a few minutes. It was kind of like a mud mask. After I rinsed it off, my skin felt smoother, and that feeling lasted all day.

Organic India also offers organic teas. I tried the Original Tulsi Tea, Tulsi Moringa Tea, and the Tulsi Cinnamon Rose Tea. Each has antioxidants and is caffeine free. My favorite is the Cinnamon Rose. It smells wonderful and tastes great. Organic India has a great variety of teas; some others I’d like to try are the fruity teas like Tulsi Pomegranate Green Tea, Tulsi Red Mango Tea, and Tulsi Raspberry Peach. Loose leaf teas are also available.

I also received herbal supplements to try, such as Joy! It is said to uplift mood and increase energy. My husband and I joked that these are happy pills.

A note of caution, if you are pregnant or have other health concerns, you should discuss the use of Moringa/herbal supplements with your physician.

Check out Organic India online (including a blog), on Facebook, and on Twitter. They are worth a follow for inspiration on organic and responsible living, recipes, and DIY care advice.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Temptations Snacky Mouse (TM) Cat Toy Review

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I received the Temptations Snacky Mouse™ Cat Toy and treats from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

Of, my opinion doesn’t really matter on the subject. It’s the kitties who really did the testing of the products. They were immediately interested in the task at hand.

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The Temptations Snacky Mouse Cat Toy is a little mouse with a round bottom that wobbles. Small treats are placed in it, and the cat bats the toy to knock out the treats. The cats loved playing with the toy. Both my cats are eight years old, but they can both me playful at times…and the Snacky Mouse Cat Toy definitely brought out their playful side.

 

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The Snacky Mouse Cat Toy retails for $6.

The only downside in our house is that the cats’ younger doggy brother was also interested in the toy, so he had to be given something else to do during playtime.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Frontier Soup Review

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I received complimentary Frontier Soup Homemade in Minutes products as part of my participation as a Moms Meet blogger.

Frontier Soup Homemade in Minutes are dry soup mixes. The ingredients in Frontier Soup FrontierLogo583blkwithtagHomemade in Minutes mixes are all natural. There is no added salt, preservatives, or MSG. Seriously, the ingredients list on the packages are simple and include recognizable food and spices!

There are recipes on each soup package that include what to add to make the soup. You’ll always add your own broth. The kind of broth and additional ingredients depend on the soup, of course. For example, cream, tomato paste, and brown sugar are added along with broth to the creamy Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup. For West Coast Kale and Quinoa, a can of diced tomatoes and cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen) is added to the soup mix and broth. Variations on the suggested recipes are also included on the package.

These soup mixes are fantastic! Overall, my family’s favorites were the Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup and the Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix. (I loved all the soups I tried, but these two had nothing that offended picky eaters.) Chicken breast is added to both these mixes. We used rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The soup was easy to prepare, and it was definitely tasty. It’s a hearty soup.

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Soup can certainly be made from scratch, but Frontier Soup mixes make it so quick and easy to have homemade soup. Many of the soups are ready in under thirty minutes! I was surprised at how flavorful the soups are in less than half an hour and not hours of simmering.

The mixes are available at Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger Natural Stores, Central Market in Texas, Great Harvest Bread Stores, Omaha Steaks, Braum’s Fresh Markets and 1500 other independent and specialty stores across the country, and in Canada at Sobey’s and Whole Foods. Products are also available online at Frontier Soups, Abe’s Market and Amazon.

Many of the mixes run $6-7 each. Plus, you have to consider that you have to add additional ingredients. The price for the mix seems kind of pricey. You pay for the quality and convenience of the mix. But, this price is comparable to other mixes I have seen in specialty stores and in fundraising catalogs, especially given the quality ingredients used by Frontier Soups. Price per unit also goes down when you buy multipacks, which are available online. Plus, the mixes make a lot of soup. It’s more than you get in a can, and cans run $1-3. I also found that the soups freeze well.

Find Frontier Soups on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Sweet Leaf Natural Stevia Sweetener Review

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I recently had the opportunity to try SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener products for review.

SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener is a zero-calorie alternative to other sweeteners (I’m sweetleaf-organic-stevia-sweetenerlooking at you sugar). It is Certified Organic and made from stevia leaves. It is gluten free and contains no artificial ingredients.

Stevia is sweeter than sugar, so the taste can be overpowering if you use too much. One packet of SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener has the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar.

SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener can be used to sweeten….lots of things! Hot and cold drinks, cereals, baked goods, fruit, desserts, and more.

SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener has a smaller grain than sugar. It’s powdery and mixes well into drinks.

It’s great for satisfying a sweet tooth. I like this recipe for a baked apple, which was adapted from Just a Pinch! Recipes:

Quick Baked Apple

1 medium apple

1 packet of SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener

1-2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon (or to taste)

Cut the apple into 8-12 slices, removing the core and seeds. Place in bowl. Sprinkle with stevia. Stir in cinnamon until apples are covered. (Or place it all in a container with a lid, so you can shake it all together!) Place on a microwave-safe dish and into the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

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The packets are available in 35 count or 70 count packets, and suggest retail is $4.99-$8.99.

I also received SweetLeaf Sweet Drops™ Sweetner. I received “Peppermint Mocha” and “Pumpkin Spice” flavors. Wouldn’t those be wonderful for fall! A couple of drops of the Pumpkin Spice sweeten morning oatmeal (I also like to add raisins).

I also received a water pack with “Berry,” “Lemon Drop,” and “Valencia Orange” flavors. I tried to add a few drops of this to plain water, and I wasn’t fond of the result. I prefer these to add some sweetness and flavor to iced tea.

Overall, I am pleased with SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener. The taste is different from sugar, but there is not an aftertaste. The packets and the drops are both convenient and easy to use.

You can connect with online at SweetLeaf.com and on Facebook to find more information, tons of recipes, and conversion charts.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Element: Daily Yoga Review

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I received a complimentary copy of this DVD for review purposes. Also, affiliate links are marked (*). 

Element: Daily Yoga* offers two yoga sessions–one designed for the morning and the other for elementthe evening–led by Mia Togo. As with other Element workouts, the scenery is lush and spa-like.

The morning session is 43 minutes. It starts with a breathing warm up. There are challenging standing postures, including one leg chair that flows into Warrior III. There is also core work done on the mat–including a difficult flow from boat pose to hollow man. The practice ends with shavasana. This practice also helps create space and flexibility. Togo says we “excavate tight places” with our breath.

The evening practice is 46 minutes and focuses on restoring range of motion and increasing flexibility. This session is not designed to be as challenging as the morning session; it’s supposed to be about relaxation. Togo claims that we shrink up to 3/4″ a day because of gravity. Posts such as the twists, dolphin, and triangle are designed to help. Shoulder stretches feel good and reduce the slump we get during the day. Togo encourages viewers to be like scientist and to not be attached to range of motion (in other words, don’t worry if you aren’t that flexible).

There is quite a bit of discussion about a connection between the practice of yoga and the betterment of life. Togo discusses how yoga can help us find flexibility in both body and mind, while creating clarity and helping us to adapt to life. Yoga can be healing. Togo says, “We are not broken.” Yoga can help us create lasting, sustainable change and help us share our gifts and our love with the world.

Overall, I think this is a great yoga DVD. The morning session is challenging, and the evening session promotes flexibility and relaxation. I appreciate the longer sessions, but I usually don’t have time for a 45-minute session in the morning and again in the evening on a “daily” basis.

Houston Museum of Natural Science — Shark!

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science has a temporary exhibit about sharks. It’s a $5 add-on to general admission. It is a rather small exhibit.

Sharks are endangered, and this exhibit is meant to inform about sharks and shark conservation. There are multiple shark touch tanks and displays. Trip loved being able to enter into a shark cage that had a video wall around it to simulate being in an ocean with sharks. There’s also information on OCEARCH, an organization that focuses on shark research, conservation, and public education. With education and outreach, we learn to respect the environment of the shark and the sharks themselves. Sharks aren’t as scary as movies might make them seem.

Well…sharks might still be a little scary.

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Shark! is on display until September 7, 2015.

Houston Zoo: Giant Armadillos & Scoop on Poop

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Last week, I attended a wildlife speaker at the Houston zoo. Dr. Arnaud Desbiez spoke about his work with Giant Armadillos in South America. One message of the evening…giant armadillos…yes the DO exist! But, not much information was known about them. Desbiez and the project crew work to study the giant armadillos and other local species. The giant armadillo can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds! Desbiez called these animals “ecosystem engineers” because they have the ability to adjust their habitat. The inside of their burrows remain a constant, comfortable 75º F even when outside temperatures are significantly warmer or cooler. Once the giant armadillo abandons the burrows, other species utilize them. Armadillos and other species are closely connected to each other and their environment. The giant armadillo is a threatened species. To find out more about the Pantanal Giant Armadillo Project, visit their website.

giantIt is Trip’s Spring Break. His first day off was rainy and cold, but that did not stop us from going to the Houston Zoo for awhile. (Actually it was kind of nice…no vacation crowds!)

We enjoyed “The Scoop on Poop” exhibit, which is on view until March 29. This exhibit was filled with “turd trivia” and hands-on activities.

Not all the animals were out because of the rain, but there were plenty out (and some who appeared to be enjoying it). And there’s lots of indoor exhibits as well.

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